RBHS IPE Strategic Plan

Achievements in Fiscal Year 2015

  • The Interprofessional Education Faculty Council (IPEFAC) was formed and meets monthly to oversee the development and implementation of RBHS interprofessional education activities. IPEFAC members represent the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, New Jersey Medical School, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, the School of Health Related Professions, the School of Nursing, the School of Public Health, and the School of Social Work.
  • Alma Merians, PT, PhD, was named Associate Dean for Interprofessional Education and Practice at the School of Health Related Professions.


  • Caroline Harris, MPH was hired as IPE Program Coordinator



  • The Rutgers School of Dental Medicine was awarded $1.7M by HRSA to fund Special Populations Interprofessional Care Experiences (SPICE), which seeks to improve access to and quality of oral health care for vulnerable and underserved communities in Newark by providing enhanced training of diverse health professions students through interprofessional education and collaborative, culturally competent, clinical practice. Dental students will be placed in community-based sites that currently lack oral health care services. Dental students, along with students in dental hygiene, medicine, nursing, nutrition, pharmacy, and social work, will work in teams to care for vulnerable and underserved patients.


  • The School of Nursing received a three-year $1.5M HRSA grant to provide mental health services to community residents seen in the Jordan and Harris Community Center in Newark. The project will train nursing, medical, dental, pharmacy, social work and allied health students to develop an integrative, interprofessional approach to the provision of mental health services.


  • The New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) was selected as one of ten schools selected to have its students participate in the 2015 Interprofessional Student Hot Spotting Mini-Grant Project learning collaborative. The NJMS student team will receive up to $4,000 in matching funds from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The project is a joint initiative between the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, Primary Care Progress, and AAMC. In addition to students from NJMS, the project will involve nursing, pharmacy, public health, and social work students.


  • The Rutgers School of Social Work received a three year $175K grant from the RU – Newark Seed Grant program in support of the Rutgers Interprofessional Center for Children and Families. This legal assistance clinic is a joint venture between the Rutgers Law School, the School of Social Work, New Jersey Medical School, the School of Public Affairs and Administration, and the School of Business.


  • The FOCUS clinic, a School of Nursing initiative located in downtown Newark, received $80K in one-year funding from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey to provide mental health services for veterans in the community utilizing an interprofessional model. The clinical provides interprofessional experiences for students from nursing, pharmacy, social work, dietetics, and the physician assistant program.


  • Multiple submitted interprofessional education-related grants are pending, awaiting review and responses from funding agencies.


  • Three Rutgers faculty abstracts were accepted for presentation at the 2015 Collaborating across Borders V conference in Roanoke, Virginia. An additional three abstracts were submitted to the 2015 Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Education Forum in Washington, DC. Judging results from these proposals are pending.


  • Oral and poster presentations focusing on interprofessional education were given at the following meetings in 2014-15: the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, the International Interdisciplinary Conference on Clinical Supervision, and the Annual Meeting of the College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists.


  • Denise Rodgers, MD, RBHS Vice Chancellor for Interprofessional Programs, gave a plenary address on interprofessional education at the annual meeting of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine; presented the annual Snively Lecture at the University of California, Davis and the annual Putterman Lecture at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, both of which focused on interprofessional education; presented interprofessional education-focused Family Medicine and Community Health Grand Rounds at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and New Jersey Medical School; and made interprofessional education-focused presentations at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine and the School of Nursing.


  • Two highly successful large case-based interprofessional sessions were held on the Piscataway campus in 2014-15. One case focused on the delivery of team-based care to a stroke patient and the other focused on the care of a terminally ill cancer patient. Over 400 students from medicine, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy, the physician assistant program, social work, and nutrition participated in the cases. Students also gained interprofessional clinical experiences in 2014-15 at the FOCUS clinic, the New Jersey Medical School Student Family Health Center and the Promise Clinic at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.


  • An interdisciplinary group of medical, public health, and physician assistant students participated in the Bridging the Gaps internship program in the summer of 2015. The program, led by the School of Public Health, annually places teams of students with community agencies in New Brunswick, Newark and Camden to work on health-related projects.


  • In July 2015, an interprofessional group of students participated in a health fair held at the three-day music festival at Lincoln Park in Newark.  The students from nursing, dentistry and medicine worked together to provide health screenings and health information under the supervision of faculty.


  • The Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Rutgers Graduate School of Education developed a five-course graduate certificate program in medical and health professions education, designed to prepare physicians, physicians in training, and graduate science educators for education roles in academic medical centers. Expansion to include students in other health professions will be considered, including RBHS schools, the School of Social Work, and the Graduate School of Applied Psychology.



The Following are Planned for Fiscal Year 2016


  • Incoming RBHS students in AY 2015-16 will participate in interprofessional orientation sessions in Newark and Piscataway.
  • Large-group interprofessional case-based learning sessions on CVA and Hospice care will be repeated in 2015-16.


  • New small and large case-based interprofessional education seminars are being developed by several RBHS schools.


  • Online interprofessional education introductory web-based experiences are being developed by New Jersey Medical School faculty in collaboration with faculty from other RBHS schools and by the Office of Interprofessional Education.


  • The IPEFAC will continue to collaborate with the Master Educator’s Guild to create a faculty development curriculum aimed at improving faculty skills in large and small group facilitation, interprofessional evaluation, and general principles of IPE and interprofessional education and collaboration.


  • RBHS faculty will continue to apply for funding to support interprofessional education activities and attend and present at national meetings.


  • The certification of the Healthy Greater Newark Medicaid Accountable Care Organization is expected to provide interprofessional groups of students with opportunities to work on community health projects. Students also will continue to work in interprofessional clinical settings that currently provide these opportunities.